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The Caxton Club brings together a diversified group of authors, binders, collectors, conservators, dealers, designers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and other interested individuals; into a community who share a love of books and provides them a forum to learn about their history, production, and preservation; to heighten their appreciation of outstanding content, design and production; and to share in the joys of fine books.

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Upcoming Caxton events

    • 04/25/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • City Lit Books 2523 North Kedzie Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60647
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    • 05/04/2019
    • 05/05/2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago

    Channel your inner bookseller, meet fellow bibliophiles...

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    If you are available for two hours to staff our Caxton booth, please email jv.everydaydesign@rcn.com to schedule your best time and date.

    • 05/04/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Newberry Library Room B 82, 60 West Walton Street Chicago, Illinois 60647

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    • 05/10/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
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    Professor Harold Hill whipped decent Iowans into a frenzy with his warning about wayward youth. One of the telltale signs of corruption? A dime novel hidden in the corn crib. Ooooh, we’ve got trouble!

    Precursors to pulp fiction, dime novels were popular, affordable, sensational, and sadly ephemeral reading material for the masses in the later 1800’s and early 1900’s. Youthful plucky heroes, slit-eyed gunslingers, rugged frontiersmen, and plucky New York girls being pursued by urban wolves crowded the pages of these novels and serial magazines in stories that were almost always double-titled. Fred Fearnot’s War Canoe or Beating The Indian Champions was a typical title that lured buyers and subscribers. Collectible dime novels are hard to find and afford today. You could spend more than $1,000 for just one installment of Denver Doll the Detective Queen’s harrowing adventures.

    So avoid the uncomfortable corn crib and save a grand by joining Matthew Short, digital collections and metadata librarian at Northern Illinois University as he reveals the dime novel’s history and tells the tale of how NIU’s and Villanova’s libraries are collaborating to save their content.

    May 10 Luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming. Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at caxtonclub.org, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

    • 05/15/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Union League Club
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    So should we regard Mr. Darcy with pride or with prejudice? Caxtonian Lynne Thomas will help us answer that question as she sets the cultural context for one of the central characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. Today, many people first encounter Austen’s characters through film or television where the portrayal of a proper Regency gentleman needs only an actor with good costuming and a posh “received pronunciation” accent. To be a gentleman in Austen’s Regency society, however, was a different matter as shown in Lynne’s curated exhibit “Making Mr. Darcy” at the University of Illinois. The exhibit illuminates how Regency gentlemen were educated, dressed, occupied themselves in work and leisure, participated in politics, and managed their love lives, and it provides us a richer context for appreciating Mr. Darcy and Austen’s other gentlemen, both admirable and troublesome. Lynne is the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor and Head, Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    This meeting will also be the annual Caxton Club business meeting and election of officers. Please plan to attend.

    May Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering 5-6 pm; program at 6 pm; dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages available for $6-$12. Three-course dinner: $63.00. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON, Monday, May 13. Payment will be required for dinner reservations cancelled after that time and for no-shows. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.


    • 06/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington, Chicago - Free Parking


    Channel your inner bookseller, meet fellow bibliophiles...

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    If you are available for two hours to staff our Caxton booth, please email jv.everydaydesign@rcn.com to schedule your best time and date.


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CAXTON CLUB

c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610


Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710
caxtonclub@newberry.org